Service providers that support First Nations families in eligible locations across Queensland, including North Brisbane, may now avail of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Grants 2021.
The State Government has set aside $140,000 to support programs and activities that aim to help First Nation families, especially those who are victims of domestic and family violence. These include education, early intervention, prevention, and identification of various forms of violence within a family unit. It also covers training and initiatives that will promote and motivate a safe community among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
According to Craig Crawford, the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, qualified providers may use the grant to deliver the most appropriate support for First Nations individuals or groups whose safety and capacity are disproportionally impacted by their home environment compared to non-Indigenous women.
Apart from Brisbane North service providers, organisations in Caboolture, Cairns, Cherbourg, Ipswich, Logan/Beenleigh, Mackay and Mount Isa may also apply for a grant of up to $10,000 per group.
“Sadly, we know in Queensland First Nation’s women are disproportionately victims of domestic and family violence compared to non-Indigenous women,” Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said.
“These grants will support our hardworking domestic and family violence services to provide much-needed culturally appropriate support for our First Nation’s women and families,” she said.
The announcement of the grant comes as May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month. Grant applications will be accepted until 31 May 2021 via the official site.